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3 questions with Palm Harbor University running back Stephen Charron

3 Questions | Palm Harbor University's Stephen Charron

For the past two seasons, Palm Harbor University's Stephen Charron was a forgotten football player. While other teammates have eaten up all the accolades, Charron has hardly had a taste of fame.

The senior running back/linebacker is more accustomed to running and tackling in the shadow of others. That changed this season, especially with the graduation of quarterback Tyler Kaminski. Now the spotlight has finally found Charron, and he has shined in his newfound role. He rushed for 98 yards and a touchdown in the spring game against Largo, then followed that by rushing for 193 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown, to help PHU beat Jesuit in last week's preseason game. Tonight, the Hurricanes travel to play rival East Lake in the regular-season opener. Charron also will be counted on for leadership as PHU makes a transition in coaches from Matt LePain to Reggie Crume. Charron talked to the Tampa Bay Times about being a featured player and his goals for the upcoming season.

How surprised are you to have this big of a role on offense?

"Well, I knew I was starting at running back, and I wanted to do as much as I can whenever I have the ball. It's just been a matter of following my blocks and going from there. I'd like to get 1,000 yards this season. I think that's the standard goal for every running back."

How much of an adjustment was it to go from Coach LePain (now at Dunedin) to Crume?

"It wasn't really too hard. They're different, but both are really good coaches. Coach Crume has done some good things since he's been here and we're playing well."

What are the biggest things you are trying to achieve this season?

"The biggest thing is to make the playoffs. I think that's what every player wants. I just want to work hard to help us get there."

Bob Putnam, Times staff writer

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